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The Bob Edwards Show

March 2008

Monday, March 3, 2008

Bob talks politics with regular Monday guest David Broder of The Washington Post . Then, in the first segment of our special election feature, Julie Sells of The Economist explains the details of the economic plans proposed by Hillary Clinton, Barak Obama, John McCain and Mike Huckabee. Then, Sara Collins of the Commonwealth Fund discusses the healthcare plans proposed by each candidate. Next, David Roberts of explains where the contenders stand on climate, energy, and environmental issues.


Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Today we continue our special two-day election coverage of the Presidential candidates beginning with The Atlantic's Matt Yglesias who discusses the nuances of the candidates' foreign policy proposals -- how they compare, how they were developed and what they tell us about how the candidates think. Next, we talk immigration with Dave Montgomery of the Fort Worth Star Telegram. He explains where the Presidential hopefuls stand on immigration, how their opinions have evolved, and why immigration has lost steam as a national issue. And then David Hoff of Education Week talks about where the candidates stand on federal education issues.


Wednesday , March 5, 2008

Global Integrity is an independent information provider on governance & corruption; they publish the 'Global Integrity Index' which ranks 55 nations based on anti-corruption mechanisms and government accountability. Managing director of 'Global Integrity' Nathaniel Heller speaks with Bob about the newly published 2007 Global Integrity Index and about governmental corruption in the United States and abroad. Then, Bob talks with three time Pulitzer prize winning playwright Edward Albee. Albee established his place in the American theater pantheon in 1962 with his controversial Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf and continues to write and direct.


Thursday, March 6, 2008

Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein have a strategy for deciphering what exactly politicians are trying to say. Their new book is called Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington: Understanding Political Doublespeak Through Philosophy and Jokes.


Friday, March 7, 2008

In 1971 a group of thieves tunneled into a London bank, escaping with almost six million dollars worth of cash and jewelry. No arrests were ever made and none of the loot was ever recovered. New Zealand film director Roger Donaldson retells this story in his film The Bank Job and exposes who was really involved in this heist. The movie opens today. Then, actor Chris Cooper stars as a husband in 1940s suburban America in the new film Married Life.  When Cooper's character falls in love with another woman, he decides that rather than put his wife (Patricia Clarkson) through the humiliation of a divorce, it would be better to kill her.  Bob talks with Cooper about the film Married Life and about some of his most memorable roles.


Monday, March 10, 2008

Bob talks politics with regular Monday guest David Broder of The Washington Post . Then, the US is the only industrialized nation that does not guarantee necessary health care to all of its citizens. Former Senator Tom Daschle explains why the nation's economy is threatened by its failing health care system in his new book titled Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

David Novack talks about his film Burning the Future: Coal in America. It examines the explosive forces that have set in motion a groundswell of conflict between the Coal Industry and residents of West Virginia. The film opens in NYC February 29 and airs on the Sundance Channel in March.

Since 1978 Marian McPartland has been hosting Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, NPR's longest running cultural program. McPartland started her love of the piano at the age of 3 and has never let up. She talks with Bob about her life and career and about the release of her first studio album in 6 years.

Wednesday , March 12, 2008

Since the Innocence Project began in 1993; more than 200 people have been exonerated after DNA testing. That includes 15 who were on death row. Jon Gould is Chair of the Innocence Commission of Virginia and the author of The Innocence Commission: Preventing Wrongful Convictions and Restoring the Criminal Justice System. Then, musician Patty Larkin wrote, produced, engineered and edited her new CD. Larkin joins Bob in the studio to talk about her 11th album titled, "Watch The Sky."

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Earl 'The Pearl' Monroe was drafted by the Baltimore Bullets in 1967 and immediately made his impression on the NBA by averaging over 24 points a game and winning the rookie of the year award. The Hall of Famer speaks with Bob about his new project “Black Magic,” a film to be shown on ESPN March 16th and 17th. It explores the links between the 1960s civil rights movement, American society and sports. Then, “Blindsight” documents the three-week expedition of a group of blind Tibetan children who set out to climb Mt. Everest. Bob talks with blind climber Erik Weihenmayer who inspired their journey, and Sabriye Tenberken who accompanied the children on the expedition, about their experiences making this documentary.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Bob talks with sports analyst King Kaufman about March Madness and the coming baseball season. Then, David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize-winning book John Adams is one of the best-selling historical biographies of all time. Now, it's been turned into a seven-part miniseries on HBO directed by Tom Hooper. "John Adams" stars Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney as the president and first lady and premieres Sunday at 8pm Eastern on HBO.


Monday, March 17, 2008

Bob talks politics with David Broder of The Washington Post. Then a visit with musician Paul Thorn. His first paying gig was as a four-year-old at a tent revival led by his Pentecostal minister father. Now called the "best kept secret in the music business" Thorn has a new CD out called A Long Way from Tupelo.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Every few months, a new poll or study comes out showing how dumb Americans are compared to the rest of the world. In her new book The Age of American Unreason, Susan Jacoby writes about the serious and very real consequences of anti-intellectualism, starting with the War in Iraq. Then, before radio and television, presidential candidates used song to convey messages and influence voters. And just like today, tapping into fear was a popular tactic. Our resident folklorists Nancy Groce and Steve Winick from the Library of Congress share campaign songs from the past and present.

Wednesday , March 19, 2008

Bob talks to director Terry Sanders about his documentary "Fighting for Life," which follows US doctors and nurses working in the medical units in Iraq. Sanders and his crew had remarkable access to combat support hospitals in Iraq, medevac flights, and military hospitals in Germany and the United States. Then, writer Richard Price is probably best known for his 1992 novel Clockers and his work on HBO's The Wire. His most recent book Lush Life pulls back the curtain on the "new" New York, where crime and violence still exists despite the city's shiny veneer.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

 “The Counterfeiters” is the true story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history, set up by the Nazis in 1936. A group of especially skilled prisoners in a concentration camp were forced to produce fake foreign currency in an attempt to bankrupt the allied powers. Bob talks to the screenwriter and director of the film Stefan Ruzowitzky. Then, today we honor television icon Fred Rogers 80th birthday. To mark the occasion, we bring back Bob’s interview with Joanne Rogers on their life together and what she’s been doing since he passed away in 2003.

Friday, March 21, 2008 

Jonathan Steele is a senior foreign correspondent for the Guardian and has served eight assignments in Iraq since April 2003. Five years after the invasion of Iraq, Steele examines the consequences in Defeat: Why America and Britain Lost Iraq. Next, president of the Brookings Institution and former Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott. His book is called The Great Experiment: The Story of Ancient Empires, Modern States, and the Quest for a Global Nation. Then, Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis talks with Bob about two new CDs. They'll discuss the return of the B-52s with "Funplex" -- their first new studio CD in 16 years, and Volume One by She & Him -- a collaboration between actress turned singer Zooey Deschanel and one-man band M. Ward.


Monday, March 24, 2008

Bob talks politics with David Broder of The Washington Post. Then, Polish Countess Karolina Lanckoronska was imprisoned in Ravensbruck as a political prisoner for her role in the Polish underground resistance during World War Two. She wrote about her experiences and the book, Michelangelo in Ravensbruck: One Woman's War Against the Nazis, was finally published last year. Bob talks with her nephew Zygmunt Tyszkiewicz about his aunt's life.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

George Balanchine, Greta Garbo, Billy Wilder and countless others were all part of a wave of European exiles fleeing their country for the United States. Cultural historian Joseph Horowitz examines their effect on American culture, and how their presence encouraged artistic exchange between countries. His book is Artists in Exile: How Refugees from Twentieth-Century War and Revolution Transformed the American Performing Arts . Then, Gabor Boritt was one of the hundreds of young, optimistic Hungarians who hoped to topple communist rule. After the failed revolution in 1956, he escaped to the United States and eventually became one of the leading scholars on President Lincoln and the Civil War. Boritt talks about his new book titled The Gettysburg Gospel: The Lincoln Speech that Nobody Knows.

Wednesday , March 26, 2008

Singer-songwriter David Wilcox has been characterized as a cross between musicians James Taylor and Nick Drake. Although his music does have a quiet, acoustic feel, its tone and message are unique to this guitarist. His latest album Airstream was written over the past two years as Wilcox, his wife, and their son traveled across America. He plays selections from the records and talks with Bob about his career in music.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Jan Egeland was the man in charge of coordinating humanitarian relief for the United Nations during some of the world's most horrific recent events: the tsunami in Asia, the crisis in Darfur, the aftermath of the Iraq war. Egeland was also the official sent by Kofi Annan to judge whether the UN could continue to have a presence in Iraq. Egeland's new book is called A Billion Lives: An Eyewitness Report from the Frontlines of Humanity.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Lee Abrams was one of the first people hired at XM Satellite Radio and his creative vision has been instrumental to its development. Now Abrams is moving back to his native Chicago to become the Chief Innovation Officer for The Tribune Company. Lee Abrams speaks with Bob about his history in radio, his time at XM and his future at the Tribune. Then, the 1967 Best Picture nominees had little in common; but 40 years later, Dr. Dolittle, The Graduate, Bonnie and Clyde, In the Heat of the Night and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner reveal a broader view of what was happening in Hollywood and American society. Bob talks with writer Mark Harris about his book Pictures at the Revolution.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Our usual Monday morning news analyst is away, so Bob will talk politics with Doyle McManus, Washington Bureau Chief of the Los Angeles Times. Then, Stephen Early was Franklin D. Roosevelt's press secretary for 12 years. He was responsible for helping shape FDR's public image and for getting the president's message out to the press. Linda Lotridge Levin’s new biography is called The Making of FDR: The Story of Stephen T. Early, America's First Modern Press Secretary.